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Book Review: One Little Lie

I read this book several years ago when it first came out and have since read the second one. I re-read this one for our Knives and Roses Podcast. I'm not a big re-reader. Once I know the plot, I don't enjoy the experience a second time. I feel the same way about most movies. It had been long enough since I read this one, that I did not remember who the villain really was. Even reading through it, the clues felt fresh for me.

My review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Pros: Lots of intrigue, a splash of romance, and you can't trust anyone. It's also a completed series so no waiting on the next one to release!

Cons: None, really.

My thoughts:

At fifteen years old, Blossom gives birth to her first son. That same night, a fire destroys the compound where her family lives with their cult as the authorities invade. Blossom's father drags her out of the compound to safety, but she leaves behind her mother and infant son. Her father tells her the baby has died, and her mother refuses to leave.

Fifteen years later, now known as Jane Hardy, she's ready to take over as sheriff of Pelican Harbor where her father served as sheriff before her. The first female sheriff is a big deal and to commemorate the occasion, the mayor agrees to allow documentarian Reid Bechtol to record Jane's first days in office.

Those first days include two dead bodies, an arrest warrant for her father, and a threat to her career.

What I love about this series is that Colleen isn't writing about someone who comes easily and gracefully to the knowledge of who Christ is. Jane has a difficult past with the church and with God. The God the cult forced into her life is nothing like the God her friend worships, but Jane struggles to see that. Her hurt runs deep, like so many who have been wounded instead of healed by the Word of God.

Jane loves her father but struggles with a strained relationship with him. He refuses to talk about her mother, who Jane dreams of finding again one day. And then there's the man she was forced to marry as a young teen and who fathered her child.

That's a lot to deal with. Now add the stresses of a life dedicated to law enforcement, and Jane has a lot on her plate.

She dutifully follows the clues before her, determined to clear her father's name. Whatever their relationship, she believes he's innocent and is refuses to give up until she proves it. Even if it costs her her life.

I enjoyed this book both times I read and am now trying to find time in the TBR pile to read book 3 since I read book 2 not too long ago.


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